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The cloud that contained the lightning

Author: Cynthia Lowen
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: National poetry series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using the Character of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb," as a jumping-off point, The Cloud That Contained the lightning explores the kinds of ethical choices we face as individuals and as a society with respect to the innovations and inventions we pursue. How are our fears, obsessions, prejudices, and cultures manifested in the ways we apply new technologies? In exploring our tendency for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Lowen
ISBN: 9780820345642 0820345644
OCLC Number: 835117844
Notes: Poems.
Description: 65 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Oppenheimer Maps His Coordinates --
Fission --
Atom --
Parable of the Children --
Oppenheimer Wears New Mexico as Camouflage --
Tea with the Wives Club --
Oppenheimer Admires the Prints of Hokusai --
Oppenheimer Plays Risk Wearing a Blindfold --
Proposition --
Trinity --
The Scientific Method --
Every Mother Says Her Child Is Special --
Parable of the Children --
Bedding Down --
Risk/Benefit --
And So What If We Blow Up the Atmosphere? --
Theories of Relativity --
Why Does Daddy Wear Sunglasses at Night? --
And Our Tracks Turned to Glass in the Desert --
Morning after Trinity; or, Oppenheimer Wakes and Remembers the Woman of His Dreams --
Oppenheimer on the Couch --
Match in One Hand --
Oppenheimer at the Natural History Museum --
Notes from the Target Committee: I. Tokyo --
Oppenheimer Finds a Message in a Bottle --
Notes from the Target Committee: II. Kyoto --
Oppenheimer Sends a Message in a Bottle --
Where Can You Hide a Think like That? --
Notes from the Target Committee: III. Hiroshima --
Hibakusha --
Quantum Mechanics --
Notes from the Target Committee: IV. Nagasaki --
What's War Got to Do with It? --
Parable of the Children --
The Art of Surrender --
The Wizard of Oz --
Oppenheimer Studies the Art of Surrender --
Hibakusha --
Principles of Uncertainty --
The Geology of Brotherly Love --
Building a House for the Boat --
Oppenheimer Gets Caught in a Blizzard --
Clean Hands --
Half-Life --
Tea Ceremony --
Hibakusha --
Where Cancers Begin --
Parable of the Children --
Oppenheimer Finds a Lover; or, Afternoon at the Shore --
After the Clouds Pass; or, Meditation on the Banks of the Lethe --
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Series Title: National poetry series.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Cynthia Lowen.

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Using the character of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb," as a jumping-off point, The Cloud That Contained the Lightning explores the kinds of ethical choices we face as  Read more...

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Tough minded, mordant, and oracular, many poems in this book speak through the persona of J. Robert Oppenheimer--but as if he were a revenant and had come back to haunt our contemporary world. His Read more...

 
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